Under the umbrella of Pet Medical Centers, nine Miami-Dade and Broward-area veterinary hospitals provide sophisticated healthcare for furry, feathered, and scaly family members. The hospitals’ specialty services include nonanesthetic dental care, ultrasounds, radiology, and endoscopies. All locations boast surgical operating rooms equipped with windows and cameras to give owners peace of mind, and many of the clinics are equipped with lasers for blade-free incisions. Besides emergency care, the doctors and technicians—some of whom have appeared as specialists on Univision and Animal Planet—perform general wellness examinations and informative nutritional consultations.
Although medical care provides what pets need, boarding services treat pets to what they want. Most locations double as cat and dog hotels, but only one deserves the title of pet resort—at Coral Springs Pet Resort and Medical Center, animals enjoy a climate-controlled dog park with a pool, baths with massaging jets, and expansive canine suites with window views.
Trail Animal Hospital's luxurious facilities cater to pets' excitable whims with veterinary vacations that provide exercise, play, and pampering spa services. Tempered glass fronts keep doggy suites well-lit and airy, and three-story cat condos keep curious kitties entertained with a high-rise view of the facility's electronic fish tank and hourly dolphin shows. Bowlfuls of each animal's favorite food arrive twice daily, served precisely according to the owner's instructions, and a dedicated walker spins four-legged pals ’round the block at least three times a day. The dulcet tones of slow-moving music relax animal eardrums as furry friends settle into their raised beds or plush piles of blankets for an evening's rest, where midnight snacking urges are smartly satisfied with a Kong-like toy. Climate controls regulate temperature throughout the entire facility, protecting dogs and cats from summer heat and keeping them warm all through Miami’s blizzard season.
The dog groomers at Pet Avenue bathe and board pups of all sizes and breeds, performing services that range from basic grooming and teeth cleaning to de-shedding and administering medicated flea baths. Using all-natural shampoos, including a blueberry-facial tearless variety, the groomers bathe dogs after cleaning out ears, squeezing glands, trimming nails, then finish them off with a spritz of cologne. They can groom all boarded animals before sending them home. Owners can also pick out an adorable pet outfit from Pet Avenue’s boutique, perfect for gussying up pooches for holiday gatherings or their own retirement parties.
Four-legged friends—and pet parents—turn to Pou Veterinary Group for high-tech treatments and expert care. The clinic's two veterinarians welcome cats, dogs, and lizards dressed in dog suits for a slew of services, including preventative care, dentistry, dermatology, and radiology. They also groom pets take care of them for out-of-town owners.
At the modern and environmentally friendly Petit Spa, highly trained aestheticians and med-spa experts work to improve dry, oily, and acne-prone skin during chemical peels, microdermabrasion treatments, and specialty facials. They use the hypoallergenic Babor skincare line from Germany and the botanical-laden Aquaroma line when tending to mugs, and they use an organic spray-tan solution with green-tea extract and anti-oxidants to bronze limbs.
To further rejuvenate bodies, they rely on toxin-flushing hydrotherapy treatments and tension-melting massages in Swedish, aromatherapy, or deep-tissue modalities. They even have a localized deep-tissue massage, which concentrates exclusively on the neck, back, and shoulders, leaving clients as stress-free as Christmas shopping in April.
For 20 years, Donna Mole woke up at 4 a.m. to get her horses ready for a full day of riding, managing up to 50 horses at once as she trained jockeys and groomed thoroughbreds for racing. After that, she switched gears, choosing instead to watch the sun rise in such places as Kenya, France, Ireland, and Australia as she taught students who desired to see the world from the saddle. Headquartered in Florida at her own ranch, At Ascot Farm, Donna—along with her right-hand equestrians Carissa Baskett and Charlotte Harris—works with both adults and children as young as two, tailoring to the needs and personal goals of each student as they learn to develop proper riding to avoid a fall.